It's tempting to want to make your canine companion a part of the holiday feasts we prepare. However, feeding your dog certain table scraps, turkey & pork bones can have disastrous consequences. Bones are brittle and create small shards when chewed that can get trapped in their throats, between their teeth or stuck in the esophagus on the way down, creating a splintering effect that can puncture tissue. Sometimes as owners, we can love our pets to death, by over feeding, feeding the wrong food or not supervising the garbage that is a temptation to our pups.
Turkey skin, gravies and rich foods may lead to Pancreatitis, Diarrhea and stomach discomfort. Also make sure you monitor the amount of food your dog gets through out the day. Explain to your guests as tempting as it may be to want to "spoil" your pet, instruct them to either refrain from feeding under the table, specifically have a bowl set aside for them to feed from or put your dog up at meal time. Make allowances ensuring they are not overfed as well, cutting back on their regular amount of kibble to adjust what they are getting fed from extra Holiday treats. The Holidays are hectic enough, without having to make a trip to the emergency Veterinarian. ~Laura (November 2017)